arkat was finding it difficult to breathe, partly from excitement that he finally had contact with someone outside the hellhole that contained him for over 2 months, and partly from snot clogging up his nose from crying.
"Oh god, Dad, I've mis-"
"Hold up! Karkat, are you crying?!"
Karkat was taken back by his fathers response, only to remember it's Slick...
You'd have better luck getting sympathy from the cadaver of a sociopath than from Spades Slick.
"Jeez Dad, nice to see you're so worried about me. It's not like I've been tortured for over 2 months or anything." Karkat drawled nasally. If his dad was going to be his usual arsehole self, he may as well be a snarky little shithead.
"Don't sass me boy, It's your own damn fault! I specifically told you not to go, and yet you disobey me and look what happened. And don't start bitching and nagging at me like a fucking woman, I've already got two mopy kids and one who looks like they're gonna commit suicide."
That comment caught Karkat off guard.
"Oh god, is Aradia acting up again?" Karkat asked, genuinely worried for his childhood friend.
"Nah, she's fine, it's Sollux. We've taken away all his little gadgets, and all he does is whine like a little bitch and brood in his room."
"Jeez, take him off life support why don't ya."
"Not the fucking point. Care to explain why I a tooth in the god damn mail a few weeks ago?"
"Huh?... I think it was sent when I got the shit beaten out of me with a hammer."
A pained hiss came from the other end. Apparently Slick must have been flogged with the tool at some point of his mob life.
"Alright, next question. How the hell did you get a phone? Last time I checked, interrogation and torture never had the luxury of getting phone calls unless for ransom."
"Well, uhh, you see, there's this gir-"
Slick seemed to know where this was going. "Oh Karkat." his father groaned in disappointment.
"Don't tell me you banged one of Snowman's cronnies."
Karkat's face turned bright red, looking at the phone in horror.
"Oh my god, Dad! NO!"
A loud 'shhhh' came from outside the fort. Karkat moved the pillow to see Terezi looking at his general direction, index finger in front of her mouth as indication for him to tone it down.
"What was that?"
"That was Terezi, the girl that's helping me. She's the one who gave me the phone."
"So you're not shagging her?"
"No! She's been looking after and protecting me from her psycho sister who's seeking my blood!"
"...Is she hot?"
"Oh my god, seriously? Are we really going to talk about this?"
"Just answer the question, Shitstain."
"Urgh, fine. She's not hot... But she is pretty cute." The blood rushed to his cheeks at his little confession. Also didn't help that they were actually doing what a normal family would do, parents prying into their childs lovelife (or in this case, Karkat's lack of).
"Errr tan, medium brown hair, a little bit taller than me...She's Asian, or at least part Asian from what I can tell. Umm, She's...quirky? actually weird is the best way to describe her. She's rather amazing though, She's completely blind, but you wouldn't think she is in the slightest.
"I see you're whipped for a mail order bride."
"Don't call Terezi a mail order bride!"
"Jesus Christ, settle down."
"I will as soon as you stop degrading the girl who's kept me alive this long."
Slick proceeded to imitate the sound of a whip being cracked.
"Hey Karkat, you're gonna need to wrap it up, I can smell Mum coming." Terezi whispered loudly.
"Right. Dad, I need to go, before we get caught."
"Alright, just one more thing before you go."
"Just remember not to fly without a net!"
Karkat's face fired up, immediately pressing the end call button. 'Well, that was a waste of a call. Why the hell does dad have to be so embarassing!?'
One of the cushions was removed as Terezi popped her head into the fort. "You done?"
"How'd it go?" The girl asked as she crawled inside.
"Terrible, rather than seeing if I was okay like a normal parent would, dad felt the need to embarrass me."
"So that's why I was smelling cherries!"
Karkat quirked an eyebrow at the statement, not bothering to even question her comment, and handed her the phone. "Thanks for that anyways, I honestly can't believe you did this for me."
"Well, I actually like you. You're fun to be around, and seeing you all depressed kinda felt like a kick in the teeth." Terezi smirked, pushing Karkat onto his back and rested her head on top of his stomach to use as a cusion.
The male sighed, "Must you always use me as your personal pillow?"
"You complain and nag a lot for a guy. Which brings me to the fact that guys always say that all girls do is bitch, and complain, and nag, which is pretty ironic since the guys who say that about women are usually just as bad or worse. I could list 10 guys straight off the bat who are like that!"
Karkat let out another sigh, closing his eyes and placed his hand on top of Terezi's head as he listened to the girl rambling and ranting. For the first time within the 2 months he'd been here, he was completely content for the moment. In spite of how much of a dick his father was, it was good to actually have contact with him. Terezi was being pretty awesome too. Comforting him in a moment of weakness, and even going out of her way to let him call home, ignoring the risk of getting herself in trouble.
He was pulled from his thoughts when Terezi pushed herself off from him. Opening his eyes, he realized he had been unconsciously combing his fingers though her hair, and the girls expression puzzled him. It was hard to place the right expression; was it self-consciousness? concern? fear? It almost seemed like a mixture of the three.
"I, uh-" Terezi stuttered, turning her face to the phone in her hand. "I need to umm... I need to get the phone back to the kitchen before mum or someone else notices it's gone." She finally chocked out. She crawled out of the fort and out of the room as quickly as she could, leaving a very confused Karkat alone in the fort.
'What the hell was that about?' He questioned in his head, turning his attention to the hand that had been stroking the girls hair. 'When the hell did I start doing that anyways? Did it make her uncomfortable or something?'. The male tried to wrap his head around all the reasons that would have resulted in the girls irregular (well, irregular for her standards) behavior.
For some odd reason, the whip sound his father made over the phone decided to play in his head again, which triggered other thoughts. The time he comforted Terezi when she was arguing with Vriska, The fact that she was always forcing him to role play with her, her overprotective behavior when he was still recovering from the escape incident, protecting him from the psycho spider bitch and her own mother, her comforting him and even giving him the phone.
'Well, I actually like you. You're fun to be around, and seeing you all depressed kinda felt like a kick in the teeth.'
Karkats face flushed as everything clicked and realization dawned on him, causing him to bury his face in his hands and curl up into a ball.
"Oh fuck, no!"